VERNON VIPERS - 4 Time National Champions

Vernon Vipers Logo 2011

For the 1995-96 season the Vernon franchise changed its name to the Vernon Vipers and presently retains that name.

This portion of the franchise has established itself as an elite junior "A" hockey team in league, regional and national levels.

1996, was one of Vernons' best seasons as they finished the regular portion winning 43 games, losing 13 and tying 4. The Vernon Vipers defeated the Langley Thunder for the League title, 4 games to 1. In regional playdowns that year they defeated the Prince George Spruce Kings (Rocky Mountain JHL) for the Mowat Cup, 3 games to 0. Then faced a tough Saint Albert Saints (Alberta Junior Hockey League) team, winning 4 games to 3, to claim the Doyle Cup. The Abbott Cup, which was awarded during a national tournament round-robin game, was awarded to the Melfort Mustangs (Saskatchewan Junior Hockey League), as they defeated the Vernon Vipers, 5-1. The Vernon Vipers had an even round-robin during the national tournament, winning 2 games and losing 2. In the semi-final of the tournament game the Vernon Vipers defeated the Newmarket 87's (Ontario Provincial Junior A Hockey League), 7-4. The Vernon Vipers opponent for the final was the, host, Melfort Mustangs. The Vernon Vipers avenged the Abbott Cup loss, by winning the final, 2-0, claiming the franchises third national title, the inaugural Royal Bank Cup.

Three short years after winning the inaugural Royal Bank Cup Vernon once again returned to the National stage, in 1999. The Vernon Vipers accomplished this by capping an amazing season of 52 wins and 6 loses with 2 Ties, which is currently the franchises best season also. The Vernon Vipers defeated the Chilliwack Chiefs for the League title, Fred Page Cup. The Mowat Cup was a mixed blessing as the Vernon Vipers won but, not without controversy. The Kimberley Dynamiters (Rocky Mountain JHL) won 1 game of the 4 played. It was the first time a team from the Rocky Mountain Junior Hockey League defeated a team from the British Columbia Hockey League. It should be noted however, that Vernon played with a Junior "B" backup goaltender in the loss, (7-6) due to injury of their regular goaltenders. The Doyle Cup was easily won by the Vernon Vipers, 4 games to 1, over the Calgary Canucks (Alberta JHL). The Vernon Vipers did it all the hard-way in the Royal Bank Cup Tournament winning only once during round-robin play. That one win was enough though, to claim the Abbott Cup defeating the Estevan Bruins (Saskatchewan JHL), 3-2. After that dismal showing in the round-robin the Vernon Vipers still managed to advance to the semi-finals. In that semi, the Bramalea Blues (Ontario Provincial JHL) were defeated, 3-2. The Royal Bank Cup final was an absolute blow-out as the Vernon Vipers hammered the Charlottetown Abbies (Maritime Junior A Hockey League), 9-3, claiming the franchises fourth National Championship in ten years and second Royal Bank Cup.

The 2000-01 season turned out to be an extreme disappointment for the franchise as the Vernon Vipers failed to make the playoffs, the first time since 1982.

Maintaining a competitive level in the league for the next few years the Vernon Vipers would eventually set a Canadian Record.

In 2009 the Vernon Vipers swept through the league playoffs defeating the Penticton Vees four games to one, the Salmon Arm Silverbacks four games to two and the Powell River Kings four games to two. The Vernon Vipers would then literally breeze though the regional and national series with ten straight wins and no losses. They defeated the Grande Prairie Storm for the Doyle Cup, and in the Royal Bank Cup Tournament they defeated all teams in the round-robin, the Kingston Voyageurs, 6-3, in the semi-final and the Humboldt Broncos, 2-0, in the final, winning the franchises fifth national title and third Royal Bank Cup.

The Canadian Record ?, with five National Titles, Vernon is the only Jr. A Franchise in Canada to have that distinction !

Once again, in 2010, the Vernon Vipers win the Royal Bank Cup. Only the third time a team has won back-to-back National Championships, the previous two being in 1981 & 1982 Prince Albert Raiders, 1990 & 1991 Vernon Lakers.

The Vipers were League and Divisional Pennant winners with 105 points, second all-time for the Franchise, finishing with a League record of 51W-6L-0T-3OL. Having avoided the Elimination Round, the Vipers met up with the 5th place Quesnel Millioniares in the Quarter Finals defeating them 4 games to 2. The Penticton Vees were the Vipers' next victum in the Semi Finals winning also by a result of 4 games to 2. In the BCHL Finals the Vernon Vipers would once again take on the Powell River Kings. Looking for revenge from thier loss in 2009, to the Vipers, the Kings took Vernon to a game seven. The Vipers won that game by a score of 3-1, advancing them to the Doyle Cup.

The Doyle Cup series also went to seven games, against the Spruce Grove Saints, with Vernon winning 7-3.

The National Jr. A Tournament was held in Dauphin, Manitoba. The Vernon Vipers record in the Round Robin, 3W-1L, Dauphin Kings 5-6 L ot, La Ronge Ice Wolves 4-2 W, Oakville Blades 5-3 W and Brockville Braves 4-2 W. In the Semi Final Vernon once again took on the Brockville Braves earning a shut-out winning 2-0. The Final was a blow-out for the Vernon Vipers. Taking on the Host, Dauphin Kings, the Vipers annialiated Dauphin for a 8-1 win, giving the Vernon Vipers thier 4th Royal Bank Cup.

The Vernon Vipers 4th National Title ties them with the Prince Albert Raiders, although it is the 6th for the Franchise which is a Canadian Record.

A speacial note on the 2010-11 season for the Vipers was that of the 60 regular season games played 20 went to overtime. Their record for those overtime games is, 20GP - 7W - 9L - 4T. 1\3 of a season went to overtime, gotta be some sort of record !

As of the end of the 2012-13 season the Vernon Vipers, have accumulated a record, of...

Regular Season: 1076 GP - 676 W - 368 L* - 32 T
      Playoffs:  281 GP - 185 W -  96 L
        Totals: 1357 GP - 861 W - 464 L* - 32 T
      * - includes OTL & SOL

... for a franchise record of ...

  Jr. Canadians:   34GP -    9W -   24L -  1T
         Blades:  227GP -   61W -  160L -  6T
          Essos:  360GP -  193W -  145L - 22T	
        Vikings:  360GP -  142W -  210L -  8T	
      Canadians:   68GP -   34W -   33L -  1T
         Lakers:  166GP -   56W -  108L -  2T	
        Rockets:   66GP -   47W -   19L -  --	 
         Lakers:  802GP -  484W -  297L* - 21T
         Vipers: 1357GP -  861W -  464L* - 32T
Franchise Total: 3508GP - 1921W - 1493L* - 94T  		
          * - includes SOL and OTL	


Vipers Highlights

Since their inaugural 1995-96 season, the Vernon Vipers, have achieved the following...